Good morning, I would just like to share from the part of the Bible that I’ve been soldiering through most recently.

Have you ever been told that the Old Testament has many prophecies and parallels with the New Testament? Any new believer like myself has heard that said many a time either Sunday or Wednesday nights. Its one thing to hear about them, and a whole other thing to have them revealed to you as you spend time in the Word.

This happened to me this week two times. The first was in 1Kings8 46, During Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple. 

1 Kings 8:25 NIV
“When they sin against you–for there is no one who does not sin–and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near;

Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

I’ve known for some time now I’ve become acquainted with Romans 3:23 but had never heard that truth spoken elsewhere in the Bible. Its just something neat to experience and it would never have happened if I didn’t pick up my Bible and read it.

The second thing I wanted to share was another parallel. Elijah and Elisha, paralleling with John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. It wasn’t without help that I became aware of this similarity. I like to try to find Jesus in every Old Testament book I can, its just something that I do. I immediately assumed Elijah, the prophet of God with all the miraculous things he performed and said. While Elijah had many similarities with Jesus, my study bible put it this way:

While Elijah pointed to Jesus but was a clearer forerunner of John the Baptist (Matt. 11:14;17:10; Luke 1:17), it is the younger man for whom Elijah prepared the way, Elisha, who definitely reminds us of Jesus. When you stop and think about it, the similarities are impressive. Elijah (like John the Baptist) lived apart from people, and he stressed the law, judgement, and repentance. But Elisha, like Jesus, lived among the people and emphasized grace, life, and hope. (see. 2Kings 4:8-37; 6:14-23; 8:7-15; 19:16-21)

 With those two parallels being said, I want to strongly urge you to consider reading the Bible! If you are a Christian and you like to read, I strongly urge you to consider the Bible before a study book. I’m not saying that study books aren’t good and/or life changing but they simply don’t have the same muster as if they were being read by someone who is constantly in the Word. I have nothing against Christian books, I’ll be posting recommending  for books on this blog.

I found immense pleasure in finding parallels and prophecies in the Old Testament. I only wish that pleasure on anyone who opens the Bible. To seek the truths of God’s ways, and to find His will for us in those truths is truly a blessing when you think about it. Lets work toward making reading the Bible less of a job, and more of a joy.

Sharing with you this Sunday morning has been a blessing to me. If you’re off to church today, please be safe and God bless you. If you aren’t off to church, or are simply here as an unbeliever reading what I’ve wrote… I want to lift you up to the Lord in prayer, so that either you may have your spirit lifted and body healed so that you may soon return to church. But if you don’t know Jesus, I pray that your heart be opened to Him today. He loves you and only wants the best for your life. I know what its like to not know him, the testimony page link at the top of this page will show my personal testimony of my life before knowing Him. I pray that you will turn from your sin, open your heart and ask him in to be your personal savior.

Romans 5:8 NIV
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us

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